Educational Programs

PRIVATE & GROUP TOURS for Non-School Groups

There are many options for programs for non-school groups that can be tailored to your interests. Activities can be combined for a more in-depth experience. We’ll make sure everything, including optional hiking trips, match your activity level. Your guides will provide an incredible experience designed to help you see the park in a whole new way. Cost includes admission where noted. Meals and lodging are not included. Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.

Self-Guided Group Experience

Offered Monday thru Friday, Year-Round

Plan your own perfect trip to Grandfather Mountain. This is a great option for motor coach groups that would like to be shuttled to the Swinging Bridge. Cost includes admission to the park and shuttle bus transportation to and from the Swinging Bridge.

$6 per school group student, One teacher/chaperone FREE per 8 students, $14 per additional adult

$18 per adult and $8 per child participant in groups 15 or more, FREE escort and bus drivers

Animal Habitat Tour for Non-School Groups*

Offered Monday thru Friday, Year-Round

The quintessential Grandfather visit! You will be provided a timed itinerary to explore the Animal Habitats with a naturalist guide and a shuttle to the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Cost includes admission to the park and shuttle bus transportation to and from the Swinging Bridge.

$18 per adult and $8 per child participant in groups 15 or more, FREE escort and bus drivers

*Note: If interested in a school group education program, visit grandfather.com.

Guided Day Hiking on Grandfather Mountain

April-October

Venture into the backcountry of Grandfather Mountain with our trail experts. Learn about Grandfather’s unique geology and ecology from one of the most rugged trails in the southeast. Please note that walks and hikes are available for all ability levels.. All backcountry hikes require participants to traverse ladders and use cables to navigate steep sections of the trail. Limit of 13 participants.

MacRae Peak 2 Mile Hike ($15 per participant plus park admission) Attic Window 3.5 Mile Hike ($25 per participant plus park admission) Calloway Peak 5 Mile Hike ($35 per participant plus park admission)

Summer Excursion: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt

Offered Monday thru Friday, May 15th to September 1st

Bring your summer camp, scout, or youth group to the mountain this summer! Kids will find hidden treasures with our Scavenger Hunt while learning about Grandfather’s rare and endangered species. Cost includes admission and shuttle bus transportation to and from the Swinging Bridge. Limit of 60 students.

$7 per youth group student, One chaperone FREE per 8 students, $14 per additional adult

Naturalist Talk: The Natural History of Grandfather Mountain

Offered Monday thru Friday, Year-Round

This program is great for any adult group: car club, church, or motor coach! An expert naturalist will meet your group at the Swinging Bridge. We focus on the rare and endangered plants and animals found on Grandfather Mountain, and relate the history of how it became a not-for-profit organization. Cost includes admission and shuttle bus transportation to and from the Swinging Bridge. Limit of 60 individuals.

$19 per adult and $9 per child participant in groups 15 or more, FREE escort and bus drivers

Naturalist Talk:

Offered Monday thru Friday, Year-Round

Top Ten Events in Grandfather’s History

This program is great for any adult group: car club, church, or motor coach! An expert naturalist will meet your group at the Nature Museum Auditorium. Your naturalist guide will illustrate the history of Grandfather and the surrounding area through a slideshow picture presentation, using many of Mr. Hugh Morton’s photographs. Cost includes admission and shuttle bus transportation to and from the Swinging Bridge. Limit of 60 individuals.

$19 per adult and $9 per child participant in groups 15 or more, FREE escort and bus drivers

Pricing

$75 fee per 1-hour program for travel to surrounding counties (Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Mitchell, Alleghany, Yancey, Burke, Caldwell, Wilkes and McDowell counties, as well as Carter County, TN) $75 fee per 1-hour program plus a mileage fee for all other locations